A new study published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research found that spinach vegetable was able to relieve pain due to rheumatoid arthritis or arthritis. Surveys conducted on 200 people also found that foods high in sugar and soft drinks can aggravate the condition.
Why spinach? The researcher himself is not convinced of the mechanism. However, as reported by Everydayhealth, they believe that spinach has a high antioxidant content that can reduce pain due to arthritis, said health experts at Bastyr University, San Diego, California, Neal Malik, MPH, RDN.
“Antioxidant compounds are known to destroy the free radicals that trigger inflammation,” he explained.
The study notes, only 7 calories per cup, spinach contains 56 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin A. Not only that, spinach also has 181 percent vitamin K which is an important component in blood clotting and bone health.
“To maximize the health benefits, do not cook spinach overcooked or warmed because the content of folic acid, vitamin C and vitamin K is very sensitive to light or heat,” Neal said.
The most recommended healthy way, continued Neal, is to mix the spinach with other salad ingredients such as tomatoes, olives and roasted chicken. You can also make spinach juice or make yogurt sauce from spinach.